St. Lucia Fire Destroys Cultural Artifacts

CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC) — The St Lucia Fire Service (SLFS) has launched an investigation into the cause of a fire that destroyed the Folk Research Centre (FRC) that houses the most extensive collection of the island’s cultural artefacts and history. The blaze on Sunday night destroyed the building that housed the FRC that was established in 1973 as repository for cultural heritage, a vehicle for research, study, recording and promulgating St Lucia’s heritage.

The building housed an extensive library of publications, audio visual recordings and photographs and is the major study center for work carried out into St Lucia’s folk culture by both nationals and visiting researchers and students.

The SLFS said that when they arrived on the scene the building was engulfed in flames and despite the best efforts of fire officers from Castries and far away as Gros-Islet, north of here, nothing could have been saved.